Erdogan Repeats Offer to Host Putin and Zelenskyy for Talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday held a phone call with his Russian counterpart and offered to host him and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for talks in Ankara, the capital city or in Istanbul, his office said in a statement.

During the talks, Erdogan told Putin that agreement on certain issues could require a meeting between the leaders, stressing the need for a lasting ceasefire that could lead the way to a long-term solution.

While the two presidents discussed the ongoing situation in the region including the humanitarian situation, Erdogna said that Turkey is sincerely making efforts for a tangible solution to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Erdogan talked with his Ukrainian counterpart Zelenskyy by phone, assuring Turkey’s diplomatic effort to put an end to the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Erdogan told Zelenskyy that war does not benefit anyone and Turkey will do its best to bring together the leaders of Ukraine and Russia for talks.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who visited Moscow on Wednesday said that war between Ukraine and Russia must stop immediately.

In a press conference after meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Cavusoglu said that there is “no winner in war and no loser in peace.”

Cavusoglu stressed that Turkey will continue its peace efforts seeking a lasting ceasefire.

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